Neo Soul — Recently Added

The best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!

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Columbia (Japan), 2001. New Copy
A great set by Korean jazz singer Ann Sally – recorded with a gentle mellow finish, and some sweet Brazilian touches! Ann sings in both Portuguese and English – running through a host of tracks that includes classics by Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Joni Mitchell, Henry Mancini, and Roberto ... CD
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Columbia, 2016. New Copy
It's taken us a bit longer than expected to get this second installment in Maxwell's Black Summers' Night series – but it's been well worth the wait, given the greater depth in the music! All that we love about Maxwell's previous records is alive and well here – but there's also kind ... CD
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My Way Home
Yep Roc, 2016. New Copy
Eli Reed's sitting in his corner of the ring on the cover – ready to step into the fray with a fiercely soulful sound, right from the start! Reed has gotten plenty of press for his old school soul approach in the past – but he maybe sounds better here than ever, and is recorded in this ... CD
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Universal, 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A stunning debut from UK soul singer Amy Winehouse – a vocalist with a sound that's instantly captivating, and which will be with us for years! Amy's clearly cut her chops in jazz, but also has a laidback and soulful personality – easily shifting between modes for the right mood of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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EMI, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bad Boy/Atlantic, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The electric lady is back again – getting great help on this set from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Esperanza Spaulding! The set features further chapters in Janelle's Metropolis story – but apart from that overarching structure, and cool notes that situate the singer as some future ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Cheers To The Fall
Warner, 2015. New Copy
A brilliant debut for singer Andra Day! Ms. Day, as you're surely aware if you've read any of her press, is profoundly influenced by classic soul, but believe us, she's got style, confidence and a voice – wow, that voice – that truly transcends retro revivalism. This is truly one of ... CD
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Black Messiah
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... LP, Vinyl record album
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In My Mind
Motown, 2016. New Copy
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of ... CD
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Amplified Soul
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
Incognito never lets us down – and records like this keep us listening strongly year after year! The set's got all the core brilliance of Incognito at their best – a really classic approach to jazzy soul, served up with top shelf instrumentation by the group – and sent home ... CD
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HBD, 2015. New Copy
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden ... CD
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Sweet Power Your Embrace/Mi Sabrina Tequana (My Sister's Daughter)
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
One of our favorite tracks of all time – James Mason's "Sweet Power Your Embrace" – done here in a wonderfully faithful version by Diplomats Of Soul, with help from Incognito and the lovely Vanessa Haynes on vocals – who serves up the lyrics with maybe even more soul ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Dia.L (with download)
Etc, 2016. New Copy
The self-titled debut of Dia.L – the duo of vocalist, viola and kalimba player Lailah Reich and ever-creative Chicago producer Radius! The name is pronounced as "dial", and they dial up a really unique sound with boundless astral atmosphere, but it still has a fairly intimate feel, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Nueva Era
Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy
A wonderful record from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who first emerged as part of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, although Gilles himself had been following her music since she was a child! This debut full length is wonderful – and really pushes past the initial modes of ... CD
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Dwitza/Membran (Germany), 2016. New Copy
Ed Motta knocks it out of the park with this one – taking things in an even more soulfully classic direction than on his killer AOR album – and giving us key proof that he's one of the most important soul singers of the 21st Century so far! Ed's got a way of opening doors wherever he ... CD
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Brown Sugar
Capitol/Virgin, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A record that was an instant classic from the moment it was first released – and a set that's still pretty darn pleasing all these many years later! At a time when mainstream soul was often too smooth or too poppy, D'Angelo came along and not only found a way to return the music to the years ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy 3 CDs
A killer collection of contemporary soul – all pulled together with the kind of cool, classy sound we've come to expect from the Expansion label over the years! Expansion always has a great ear for digging out the best of the underground – and honestly, these guys were committed to Neo ... CD
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We Can Do Whatever
Expansion (UK), 1996. New Copy
The long-overdue release of an album that should have been a Neo Soul classic! The team of Otis Cooper and Shugg David recorded this gem of a set back in the mid 90s along with help from longtime friend and producer Raphael Saadiq – but due to shifting priorities at the major label, the set ... CD
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In All Things
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... LP, Vinyl record album
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2nd Time Around
Sed Soul (UK), 2016. New Copy
It may be the second time around for Natasha Watts, but the record's no sophomore slump – as there's a sense of solid, soulful energy that makes the whole thing soar right from the very first note! Natasha's got Rob Hardt along, helping out with the keyboards and beats – and the whole ... CD
Updated July 24, 2016

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